Blackburn and Bredesen concerned about trade war but not yet criticizing

Questioned about the possibility of a trade war between the United States and China at a Tennessee Farm Bureau breakfast, U.S. Senate candidates Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen had somewhat similar responses, reports the Times Free Press.

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in recent weeks have threatened to slap tariffs on products exported from each other’s countries.

…Both candidates voiced concerns but were hesitant to criticize Trump.

“What we’re focused on is making certain that bad actors get punished. And that the U.S. marketplace — farmers, producers and consumers — don’t get punished,” said Blackburn, whose district includes parts of Maury County, where Columbia is the county seat. ” nobody has put a tariff in place yet. Everything is something that is a suggestion or recommendation or whatever.”

Bredesen said “if this trade war is not sorted out over the next few weeks before it becomes active, it’s obviously a problem for Tennessee farmers. It’s also a problem for a lot of manufacturers who are buying steel and buying aluminum and the like.

“What I’m hoping is this is a negotiating position on the part of the president and he’ll get some of the intellectual property protections that he wants that are important and get beyond this trade war stuff and get back to a position where farmers here can sell their products at competitive prices,” Bredesen added.

Both candidates have previously voiced concerns about Trump’s proposed 25 percent tariffs on steel and aluminum. Tennessee is home to a number of auto assembly plants, auto part supply factories and other manufacturers.

Those proposed tariffs led to China’s threat to impose tariffs on a variety of U.S. products, including in agriculture. When the president upped the ante, China’s Jinping responded in kind.

While nothing has taken effect yet, the Chinese list includes soybeans, pork, cotton as well as tobacco. All are produced in Tennessee. Tennessee ranks No. 17 among U.S. states in soybean production and 26th in pork.

8 Responses to Blackburn and Bredesen concerned about trade war but not yet criticizing

  • Tommy Ray McAnally says:

    Blackburn is concerned about Blackburn, Blackburn THREW THE RETIRED MILITARY under the bus WITH HER VOTE TO MAKE US Pay FOR PRESCRIPTION. BY the way Blackburn said thank you for your service. Black voted the same. One more thing Blackburn what do you pay for YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS? ZERO. TAXPAYERS will Take are of it.

    • James White says:

      Tommy, we are All supposed to be equal under the law, veterans, and civilians and people and congressmen and … I pay for my insurance and prescriptions and no one should get special treatment from the government.

  • James White says:

    Blackburn loves International Trade Agreements. Tennessee Congressman Marsha Blackburn wants to look beyond current issues towards new structures and forms of cooperation between the European Union and the United States.
    Yes, my fellow Americans, my congressman is not only promoting the Transatlantic Partnership, she is a Member. Does she represent the Constitution and We the People, or does she represent the European Union?
    Why isn’t the News media covering this?

    What is the TPN? TPN has been created to promote a strong and stable partnership between the US and Europe, to influence its priorities and help to drive its development. It is a transatlantic “network of networks” whose membership is a unique blend of business, political and academic experience.

    Man, I wish Marsha would READ the United States of America’s Constitution.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      James, ok, we are all entitled to our idiosyncrasies and we love you just the same, but please be an equal opportunity basher because some poor low information voters after reading your continuous Marsha bashing may go out and actually vote for Bredesen which just might give Democrats control of the Senate. Even if you receive a thank-you note from Chuck Schumer, won’t you feel bad being responsible for that?

  • James White says:

    Why vote for NeoCon Marsha Blackburn? Some Pork (earmarks) Marsha Blackburn has voted for over the years: voted for the $223 million ‘bridge to nowhere in Alaska’; and voted for $2.88 million to construct a bike/pedestrian path in Delta Ponds, Oregon.
    voted for the International Fertilizer Development Center in Alabama at a cost of $4 MILLION.
    and voted for $121,250 for renovations at a Philadelphia ballet school.
    These are just a Very Few of the items she voted for.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Alas, Marsha with her 82% Heritage score has not been conservative enough for thee or me, so she should be moderate enough for all but the most fanatically centrist Republicans therefore there is no reason whatsoever for tepid conservative Republicans to vote for Bredesen. Marsha Blackburn Republican Unity Candidate!

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